Film sheds light on the plight of child soldiers

Writer: 
Lin Lin Khaing
“A Way Back Home” depicts three young lives conscripted for military service. (Photo – Supplied)
“A Way Back Home” depicts three young lives conscripted for military service. (Photo – Supplied)

Documentary Review

“A Way Back Home”, a documentary about child soldiers in Myanmar, will be screened at the third Human Rights Human Dignity Festival from June 14 to 19 at Naypyidaw and Wizayar cinemas.

Produced by Wai Yan Aung, Saw Yi Gun, and Ye Min Htut, all students from the Human Dignity Film Institute, the film zooms in on three 15-year-old lads who used to be child soldiers in Myanmar.    For the tree, a time in military service is a way to escape severe economic hardship, causing their parents real anguish. They lost all communication with their families. After years of active military service, the lads left and got married. 

Looking back, they reckon they could been better educated if they had not been conscripted. The film also features comments from Human Rights Watch and highlights work being carried out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). At the end of the film, one of the teenagers said he has excluded all the memories of his life as a child soldier and the only thing left in his life is regret.